The first in the series "Ranch Style Matters: the kalinowski ranch.
Story by Melissa Fox. Photos by Pam VanderPloeg, West Michigan Modern, copyright 2016
The Kalinowski Ranch is a graceful one-story ranch in the popular Marywood area in Grand Rapids. It has been completely and stylishly renovated and expanded by current owners Michael and Rebecca Kalinowski, who enjoy the home with their two little dachhunds, Dash and Mellie. Michael is a wonderful chef and Rebecca is both a nurse and a researcher for West Michigan Modern.
The Kalinowski’s bought the home in 1984 and recognized that the home would need renovating, but immediately fell in love with the huge lot and the beautiful trees that bordered it, large entrance, bright living room with a deeply mullioned picture window and curved cove moldings, nicely sized bedrooms and bathrooms, large den, sunlit dining room, and generous kitchen.
In the first year the Kalinowski’s tackled landscaping, removal of wallpaper and the linoleum floor in the kitchen, adding a walk-in closet to the master bedroom, painting, and creating an office for Michael. In the second year they painted the exterior of the home and created a new walkway to the front door. In subsequent years they removed all of the carpeting and replaced it with oak parquet tiles, completely renovated the kitchen, adding a skylight and Herman Miller cabinets, gutted the bathrooms, and added a huge family room with custom cherry cabinets and shelving built by Michael.
Beyond their vision for the home, and the hard work, energy, and time they have put into it, Michael and Rebecca are both talented artists and have an amazing collection of furniture and art that they have purchased over the years, much of it from the Herman Miller employee store, antique stores, and Design Quest. The art that adds a strong statement to their decor is mostly
by local artists, friends of theirs from Aquinas, and their daughter. Rebecca collects vintage glassware and Fiesta ware, both of which are displayed to perfection, the colors catching the light and popping in both the living room and dining room.
Because the Kalinowski’s are dear friends, we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with them at their home, appreciating the amount of intention and dedication that has gone into making it the truly beautiful and welcoming home it is today.
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The Kalinowski Ranch is beautiful in summer months. The varying greens and lush foliage of the mature trees creates a perfect backdrop for the recently repainted home. The globe light and multi-pane picture window trimmed in white are accented beautifully by the brilliant orange door and complimentary planter. The tri-color garage door adds a whimsical touch and reminds you that the owners love art and mid-century design.
This ranch home features a prominent front gable with original multi-pane picture window. It was recently given a new look with an olive taupe color for the main siding and a deep gray for all of the brick around the front door, picture window and chimney. The trim was painted super white and the front door became a vivid orange using Benjamin Moore paints. The old single stall garage, plus additional space, was converted into a family room and a modern new 2.5 stall garage with workshop for Michael's word-working projects was added.`
Rebecca and Michael clearly understand how much style is added with a set a French doors. Here they lead from the front hall to the living room. To the left of the doors are floor to ceiling inset shelves filled with mid-century treasures.
Bright white bookshelves custom built for the room frame a solid cherry fireplace designed and built by Michael. Tiles from the old breezeway were repurposed for the fireplace hearth. The room features cove molding and vivid green paint with bright white trim.
The original multi-pane picture window is the backdrop for the rare George Nelson sofa with attached lamp table with white laminated top. The large surf board coffee table is a perfect match for the sofa. Behind the sofa accenting the picture window is one of Rebecca's period collections - colorful mid-century style vases, some old and some new.
In this house the bright white french doors framed by the vivid green walls make a strong and classic statement. They provide a backdrop for the many pieces of iconic modern furniture collected by Rebecca and Michael over the years. In this view of the living room. sitting on the beautiful oak parquet floors is the Herman Miller Action desk - that acts as a frame for a lovely painting and holds more of Rebecca's glass collection. The Heywood Wakefield desk in a lighter shade of wood is a solid structural piece that compliments the delicate modern desk.
In the dining room, they tore out some uninspired 1950's built-ins. They installed a larger window and oak parquet floor. Made the most of the square room shape by adding a round modern Teak table and chairs of Danish vintage, matched with a show-stopping red enamel Danish lamp and lighted Hutch filled with colorful mid-century Fiesta ware.
A vaulted ceiling family room replaced the one story garage and breezeway. Four skylights fill the room with light. A beautiful oak parquet floor connects the new family room with the older rooms in this mid-century ranch house. Gorgeous cherry floor to ceiling bookcases were designed and hand built by Michael. The fireplace topped with a Peebles painting is a focal point of this room but is functional and practical too with it's wood burning fireplace. The raised heart features quarry tile. This house is full of large beautiful paintings by local artists - many of them friends of Rebecca and Michael.
The bedroom wing is on the other side of the living room and has a nice hall connecting the rooms. This includes a striking master bath with black and white floor tiles. The tub surround has square black and white accent tiles in a field of square gray tiles that set off the bright white fixtures. Large windows above the tub let in an abundance of light.